March 18, 2024

What is a Terawatt?

A terawatt (TW) is a unit of power equivalent to one trillion watts. Terawatts are often used to describe global or national energy consumption or production.

While a terawatt is a substaintial unit of power, there are larger units like the petawatt which is equal to one quadrillion watts.

Terrawatt Examples

  • As of 2022, the gobal energy consumption on average is 1.1 terrawatts of continuous power throughout the day
  • A large hurricane can release heat energy at a rate of 200 terrawatts
  • It would take 1,000 average sized nuclear power plants to produce 1 terrawatt of power

Breaking Down a Terawatt:

Watts60W Light BulbsHouseholds
1 TW1,000,000,000,00016,666,666,666,6671,000,000,000